The first part of chapter 9 speaks about how the righteous will fare under the Assyrian invasion that Isaiah is prophesying about. Even through the very worst circumstances, famine, disease, and death, we do not have to suffer the way the lost do. Maybe they wail night and day. Maybe they have lost everything that matters to them, but that is not so for us, if we have Jesus Christ. If His blood has made us righteous, then we walk with God and He will never leave us. We know no matter what disaster strikes God will work it for our good. We may be in the same circumstances, having to face the same famine, the same wars, the same diseases but we have The Almighty Loving triune God, Lord of Lords with us.
This chapter is also Messianic prophecy. The gentiles who once were the pagans and heathens who didn’t know who God was or even heard of His law will see the light. Verses 3-4 read,
“You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
4 For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.”
We no longer have to be oppressed by Satan and his lowly minions. We are free from the slavery and captivity of the enemy. We are celebrating and all the treasure and reward meant for the powerful and high (or to the Israelites who chose the Law over Jesus) belongs to us. Why? Verses 7-8 tell us,
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”
If you’re like me you’re singing those verses, not only because they were so beautifully put to music by George Frideric Handel, but because Jesus is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Because He is our perfect Messiah and I love Him dearly but He loves us more. His Love for us is deeper than we even have the capacity to comprehend.
He didn’t promise we wouldn’t suffer. But He did promise He would always be with us through everything. (Deuteronomy 31:8). He promised that all that suffering has benefits for us. (Romans 5:3-5, Romans 8:28-29). He promised that we will have eternal life. (1 John 5:13-14).